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ARBON SCHOOL BOARD MEETING   July 12, 2011

The Arbon School Board met on July 12, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. for its annual meeting members Jason Williams, Melinda Campbell and Jake Evans were present as were Debbie Curry and clerk, Cheri Evans.

The motion was moved by Jake and seconded by Melinda to approve the agenda.  The motion was moved by Jake and seconded by Melinda to approve the minutes.  The bills were reviewed. The motion was moved by Jake and seconded by Melinda to approve them. The total M & O expenses for the month of July was $15,245.28 and a transfer of $6,210.00 to Plant Facility. The school received $8,416.42 from the State Department, $2,414.04.00 from REAP funds, $12,574.07 from property taxes and $8.72 from interest on investments.  The school M & O balance is $35,496.57. The Plant Facility received $6.09 from interest and $6,210.00 transfer in from the M & O fund the Plant Facility balance is $33,390.33.  The motion was moved by Jason and seconded by Melinda to approve the financial statement.

Trustee oaths were given to Melinda Campbell and Jake Evans.  The motion was moved and seconded for Jake to be the Board Chairman. The motion was moved and seconded for Jason to be the Vice Chairman.  Cheri was reappointed clerk for another year.  The meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Arbon School.  The posting places will be the Arbon School, the Arbon Post Office and the Arbon Valley web site.

The annual superintendents meeting will be held August 2-3, 2011 in Meridian.  They will be covering implementation of Students Come First laws.  Melinda, Cheri, Robin and Debbie plan on going.  There has been one request for an application for the teacher’s aide position.  The position will remain posted.

The Trustee Zone Boundary Requirements has been completed by Quadrant Consulting, Inc. and sent to the State Department for approval.  Jake will check with Shawn Lish to see if he would be interested in submitting a bid to put a roof between the storage shed and school.  Jennifer Curry was hired for the custodian position.

The next meeting will be held on August 16, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.  The motion was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.  The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Approved 08-16-11


Arbon Post Office

August 22, 2011 Anno Domini

To Whom It May Concern,

It has come to my attention that the post office located in Arbon, zip code 83212, is to be potentially dissolved. As I am a resident of Arbon and would be affected by this change, I write in order to present a number of reasons why this planned closure should not be executed. These reasons being:

(A) Distance of Post Office from Arbon:

Should the Arbon post office be dissolved, the nearest post office will be located at a distance of 30.8 miles, 51 min., accessed by an anfractuous road over a potentially dangerous mountain pass, namely, Mink Creek. This route is fraught in all seasons with precipitous grades, sudden declivities and an absence of guard-rails in certain places. In winter, this route becomes extremely hazardous, being subject to blinding snowstorms, icy tarmac, and impenetrable drifts, which may not be cleared until later in the morning. The increased distance to a post office, the treacherous nature of the road traversed, and the seasonally inclement weather conditions would greatly inconvenience many Arbon residents, including:

1. Elderly people with impaired reflexes, eyesight or hearing who are unable to safely drive long distances over questionable roads.

2. Persons with disabilities who are unable to drive a car.

3. Persons who lack the experience or confidence to drive safely through harsh winter conditions.

4. Persons who, because of time constraints or other circumstances, are only able to exit the valley infrequently.

5. Persons who frequently send packages through the post, or annually in large numbers, on such occasions as Christmas, birthdays and sundry holidays—packages which may only be shipped from a post office.

6. The mailperson who would have to drive 30.8 miles, 51 min. from Pocatello to deliver the mail to each house in Arbon.

(B) Frequency of Postal Delivery:

Should the Arbon post office be dissolved, in all probability the frequency of house-to-house postal delivery will be greatly decreased, due to distance, weather conditions, and the cost of fuel. I would anticipate delivery once, perhaps twice a week at most. This decreased frequency of mail delivery would have a negative impact on the lives of many Arbon residents, including:

1. Persons who receive medication through the mail and rely upon its prompt delivery.

2. Persons who receive bills and other financial notices through the mail. Postponed delivery of such missives could lead to serious fiscal embarrassment.

3. Persons whose employment requires them to correspond through the postal service.

(C) Employment at the Arbon Post Office:

Should the Arbon post office be dissolved, several persons presently employed at said establishment will be dismissed. Agriculture, which is the chief occupation in Arbon, is an uncertain trade, and many inexorable factors contribute to its success—or failure: temperature, rainfall, bad weather, and vicissitudes of climate. Thus, such auxiliary income as employment at the Arbon post office provides is potentially vital and sudden cessation of said income source could carry a negative impact.

In addition to these reasons, I am sure I speak for all of Arbon when I say that the service rendered by the employees at the Arbon post office has been extremely satisfactory. These persons are residents of the valley, and not only have our trust as dependable representatives of the United States Postal Service, but as friends whose company we enjoy even outside of their professional duties. We would be very sorry to miss them from the position where they have served so long and faithfully.

(D) Arbon Heritage:

A post office has existed in Arbon—in one form or another—from a time before most of us were born. It is a part of our heritage; and that—though it is but a small part in the vast drama of history—is a source of great pride to all of us. My neighbor, a venerable and esteemed member of our community, was once postmistress, and can still remember sorting the mail out of her own house. It would deal a great blow to all of us if such an important part of our legacy were to end.

If you can refute my arguments, then do so—if I have erred in in my logic in any way, I would be apprised of it. However, if you read this letter and find it logical, pragmatic and persuasive, then I beseech you to consider our plea, and to let the post office, located in Arbon, zip code 83212, remain.

Yours respectfully,

James Benson

Age: 15


Possible Arbon Post Office Closing

Possible Arbon Post Office Closing – How You Can Help!

Dear Arbon residents,

The Arbon Post Office is on the list of several rural post offices in the state in danger of closing. Please write a letter to “To Whom it may Concern” about how this closure would affect you, your family, and your business. You could include the distance you are from town, the dangers of traveling in the winter, the essential mail you get (SS, medications, etc), and so forth.- any way that the post office closure will affect you.

These letters need to be delivered to the Arbon Post Office by Friday, August 26th, where they will be collected. Our voices are few and far between in Arbon, and without your voice and input, we could lose our post office for sure!

Please write, right now.  Time is of the essence!


August School Board Agenda

ARBON SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
August 16, 2011

I. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

II. CONSENT AGENDA

A. MINUTES
B. BILLS
C. FINANCIAL

III. TEACHERS

IV. NEW BUSINESS

A. PAY FOR PERFORMANCE PLAN – DUE SEPT. 1
B. FLOOR IN HALL

V. OLD BUSINESS

A. TEACHER’S AIDE APPLICATIONS
B. ROOF BETWEEN SHED & SCHOOL


Dinner and Dance Party

I did not sent out invitations, everyone in Arbon is invited, Friends and family whoever you want to bring. Pass the word along.I do need a RSVP so we know a number for food.

Thanks, Nancy